Egypt Court Sentences to Death 6 Co-Defendants of Ex-President Mursi
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Cairo criminal court issued preliminary death sentences on Saturday to six co-defendants of former Egypt's President Mohammed Mursi for espionage for Qatar.
The defendants' documents will be handed over to Egypt's mufti for the sentence approval. Mursi will be adjudicated on June 18, the Arab country's television channels broadcast.
The sentence that may be announced next month would become the third for the former Egyptian leader after last year he was given a life sentence on charges of spying for foreign intelligence and sentenced to death over a mass jailbreak incident in 2011 during political demonstrations that contributed to the resignation of then-President Hosni Mubarak, Sputnik reported.
Mursi, now 64, won the presidential election in Egypt in 2012 to become the first democratically elected president of the country. The following year, he was ousted by the Egyptian military after large-scale anti-government protests.